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virginia. today, mitt romney spent his day focused on virginia with stops in three areas. our chant is this, five more days. little time left, the campaign trail has been tricky. both canceled events because of the storm. today, both men were back in campaign mode. >> the consequence of what this election means -- we can't lose, we need you for agenda, we have to take back america. >> making the point he is still commander-in-chief, he wore his air force one jacket today for stops in several states. >> we will win wisconsin again and we will win this election and we will renew the bonds and reaffirm what makes the u.s. the greatest nation honors. >> the polls show this is a dead heat nationwide and is a sign of how close it is that obama spent time in wisconsin, a state they had been counting on. he picked up one sandy-related endorsement. michael bloomberg cited his handling of the storm in backing president obama. the romney campaign has their share of high-profile celebrities in their field offices making phone calls. you may get a call from one of the romney sons in part of the battle t
day. governor romney continues on the stump, while president obama campaigns in three states today while also keeping an eye on recovering from sandy. >>> plus, tea party favorite and former presidential candidate michele bachmann is fighting for her political life. details, next. you're watching "early today." >> announcer: brought to you by the makers of centrum men and women. have you taken the most complete multivitamin today? >>> well, the campaign clock is ticking, and with just about 120 hours to go until election day, the polls show the candidates are still neck and neck. nbc's tracie potts has all the details for us from washington. tracie, good morning. >> reporter: lynn, reuters ipsos, one of the latest national polls out there, gives president obama just a one percentage point lead nationally. that is a tie as the president heads back out today to speak with voters. president obama's back on the campaign trail. polls show him up by six in iowa, two in wisconsin and two in new hampshire, but this week he's focused on new jersey. >> we are not going to tolerate red tape,
hampshire is mitt romney's final stop before election day. director of the marist poll joins me now. lee, let's start with iowa, as you might be already aware of. the romney campaign disputes the size of the lead that we have for the president there. they believe this race is a dead heat. you look inside these numbers, what can you tell me about what is giving the president what it appears to be a solid lead, according to our survey? >> several things. mitt romney's favorable, unfavorable is still upside down in iowa, not in new hampshire, not in wisconsin. iowa is maintaining that pattern that we've seen a lot this fall. it hasn't moved for him. iowa is a huge early voting state and i think if the story of this election ends up being the re-election if it does of president obama, it's going to be all about the early voting and the wider his lead, the wider the state -- the more early voting. >> let me throw up a stat from our iowa poll for folks. among those who say they have voted or will vote early, and mitt romney leads 55/35. so, you know, that is -- that points to the advantage the
: brian, it's been three days now since we have seen president obama in full campaign mode. mitt romney is restrained by mentioning the president by name. today, though, the candidates were back on their game and back on the trail. we're going to start in battleground, virginia, where mitt romney has been barnstorming the commonwealth with three appearances starting with a rally in roanoke. >> we can't have four more years like the half four years. i know that the obama folks are chanting four more years, four more years. our chant is this: five more days. five more days is our chant. >> reporter: we move to wisconsin after halting his campaign to attend to hurricane sandy, president obama was back on the stump in green bay. >> governor romney has been using all of his talent as a salesman to dress up these very same policies that failed our country so badly. the same policies we're cloning up after. >> reporter: to colorado now after hitting the trick-or- treat halloween trail in wisconsin, tuesday, paul ryan promised victoro election day. >> in 2008, it sounded -- victory on election
has been underscored in the last few days, this idea that mitt romney is the change candidate. this is a change election. they say the path to victory for governor romney, it's to focus on the people who are unsatisfied with president obama's leadership and say we can bring the change, big change, bold change. he actually used the word "big change" 12 times in a speech the other day. they're trying to hammer this message home to serve many who might be disaffected by the president. hopefully turn some of these blue states like virginia back into the republican column. >> and obviously we know the importance of virginia. he's spending the entire day there. that's an interesting strategy. we know he's going to hopscotch as well, and i believe the big rally is friday, right, garrett, in ohio, but nevertheless, the entire day in virginia. >> well, a little bit of what you're seeing today in virginia is makeup events after hurricane sandy. the final event tonight will be virginia beach. that was an event they had to scrap as the storm was approaching. i think they'd rather not have
five days. >> amy, let me bring you in. i know to mark's point, i believe it was one of the romney advisers or a supporter who said i think the word was "crap" when it comes to polls, at least the ones they didn't like to see. nevertheless, you can disagree with the percentage point here or there, but we've not seen a poll where governor romney is leading in a battleground state. >> no, we haven't. but he feels really good about florida. his team does. i don't think it's a double-digit lead, but they're feeling good about florida. they're feeling good about wisconsin. they think the apparatus in place from the efforts on behalf of scott walker are going to galvanize republicans and make sure that a ground game turns out the vote. the same for mitt romney and paul ryan. they are feeling good about a lot of states where they've closed with the president, if they haven't surpassed him. what they're always hoping, too, tamron is that this is 1980 and that there's going to be a last-minute wave for romney. had they come to the polls, they go, i've really gone back and forth. it's time f
. romney has been spending a tremendous amount of time in the last couple of days talking about his desire to be a bipartisan president, reach across the aisle and deal with democrats to meet the challenge that nation faces, challenges he argues that mr. obama has not been able to meet and been too partisan and unwilling to meet with republicans on it. in the event in richmond, he singled out the house leader eric cantor and asked when is the last time you met with the president? cantor said it was a year ago. romney said i will not do that. i will meet often with the democrats and create the type of bipartisan agreements that move the country forward. he is making the argument that it's time for big change. borrowed rhetoric from the 2008 obama campaign that he says the president hasn't stuck to. he will wrap up the third event in virginia beach, virginia today. fully ten more battleground states that he plans to visit between now and tuesday night. he will wrap it up with a big speech in new hampshire, where he has a vacation home. that is his manchester, new hampshire, monday night even
where behind the romney smile is a very rough campaign? >> absolutely. we've got a few days left. we have entered the phase of the campaign where time and again you can go there and get the little bit of an edge and radio ads that are shocking, billboards that are deceptive, voter suppression, voter intimidation, whatever it takes. >> voter subpoena prek, voter intimidation. but linking the president to hugo chavez and say we don't believe in god we trust? this is way beyond the boundaries. >> you have to hit people in the gut. you're not appealing to reason at this point, if you ever are, in a presidential campaign. you've got to get them in a gut level to get your allies all fired up and to, you know, hopefully get anybody still on the fence to really just kind of find some way to get through to them and get them over to your side. >> richard, what does this say? the politics of desperation, what does it say about romney? does it mean he and his team is worried? >> he's never had an exact close relationship with the truth anyway. he doesn't mind whether it's fact-checked. after all
on be the campaign trail with events in wisconsin, nevada and colorado. governor romney arrives in virginia a day after an event in another battleground state. >> mitt romney campaigned in florida wednesday but during his three rallies he never once mentioned president obama by name. >> understand what it takes to get this country going again. >> he refrained from an all out attack on the president who was visiting with disaster victims in new jersey. instead romney made his own pitch to help those affected by the storm. >> if you have the ability to help please provide some resources to people there and give calls to your loved ones and keep folks in your thoughts and prayers. it's a big part of what america is. >> the romney campaign ended up back pedalling wednesday over remarks he made about disaster relief funding. at a republican primary debate last year romney down plad the federal government's role in disaster response. >> every time you have an occasion to take something from the federal government and send it back to the states that's the right direction. it can go further and send it b
, firefighters, every day workers, individuals that are unionized and also folks that the romney campaign wants to tear down, had it not been for the federal government and state and local governments working together. >> we're winding down in the last five days and republicans are making a last-ditch effort in pennsylvania. a big play there five days leading into this election. romney's super pac restore our future made a $2 million ad buy. the koch brothers, americans for prosperity, bought $3 million to date and the romney campaign has made $120,000 ad buy the day before the election and election day itself. but the latest poll in pennsylvania shows obama 49 and romney 43. >> it's really about a five-point race and you can't make up five points in a week, especially because there's so much clutter on tv with all of the other candidates, it's hard to break through. if romney had gone on the air in pennsylvania the day after the first debate and stayed on the air at 5, $6 million a week for the four weeks, he might have had a chan of sneaking in. but he hasn't been in the state very much. ryan
the second term he's asking for or if mitt romney takes back the white house for the gop. after three days devoted entirely to disaster relief, mr. obama is campaigning again in wisconsin, in nevada and colorado today, alone. governor romney is going to spend his day campaigning in virginia. the first stop for the president is in green bay, moments from now. we're keeping a live eye on that event. we'll bring it to you, as well. brianna keilar is waiting for the president. it looks chilly in wisconsin. i've got to ask you, off the top, a very serious question about how this president is going to segue from what he has been doing the last three days, which has been in emergency mode, into a stump speech. >> reporter: you know, i think we may have gotten a preview of that, actually, ashleigh, because we did hear from charles woodson, a safety from the green bay packers, a popular person here. and he was making the case for the government providing services or assistance for people, and then he was saying that he was raised by a single mother, and that the government stepped in to bridge the
specifically. the polling in ohio we'll get to in a little while. terrible for romney. the 31st day of october polls taken in those states every day and romney has been ahead once in any poll in either of those states in the entire month of october. >> cenk: in those 30 days there has been 1.5 trillion polls. >> and they have so much money to spend they might well spend it. they took in $120 million the first two weeks of october. >> cenk: you think they are in such bad shape they might try to get votes where they thought they didn't have a chance previously. is this a head fake? >> yes, it could be a head fake. that would have happened a few weeks ago. i think they're saying, look, we have a lot of money. we have not spent it well. >> cenk: he has run this campaign in an awful way for a guy who is supposed to be a brilliant ceo. he has too much money left when obama destroyed him early on when he spent it wisely in the beginning. should i spend it in rhode island? no you should have spent it in rhode island earlier. a poll putting president obama up 50-45 and then public policy polling, 50-45
. the biggest lie of all is this lie in the last couple of days, mitt romney is trying to sell the people of ohio -- it doesn't look like they're buying it. the latest poll shows president obama up five still in ohio. but we know what's going on, right? no doubt about it. president obama is winning ohio. largely because he saved the auto industry and so many -- tens of thousands of jobs in ohio depend on the auto industry. so many families from the auxiliary businesses. in fact, the unemployment rate in ohio is lower than it is nationwide because the auto industry is back. thanks to president obama. g.m. is back making better cars than ever before. chrysler reported an 80% increase in their number in the third quarter of this year. it's all due to the auto bailout. it is working and mitt romney, we remember, opposed it. he wrote that famous op-ed for "the new york times". headline... let detroit fail. where he said don't do anything to help them out. let them go belly up. so, of course, romney campaign realizes panic
. go to cymbalta.com to learn about a free trial offer. >>shepard: a day after governor romney returned to the campaign trail after super storm sandy president obama has started what the team calls closing arguments. the president is embarking on a marathon trip across several key battleground states started shaking hands with supporters in green bay and then to las vegas and then colorado and then stopping in columbus, ohio. governor romney, he is focusing on virginia which could be a toss up. john roberts is with us following the governor romney campaign and ed henry is covering the president's campaign, and the president will speak in an hour, is that right? >>reporter: that is right. he was in business earlier, flashing a new wardrobe wearing a bomber jacket from air force one and a new message, the aides say that while he has been negative on governor romney and days ahead,, he will be more talking about what he would do in a second term. take a listen. >> we made real progress the past four years. but wisconsin, we know our work is not done yet. as long as there is a single americ
five days before the bg election.. the president is still dealg with sandy.. but he and mitt romney are putting their fos back on key battleground sts they hope to carry on tuesd. in virginia, polls show romy has cut the president's lean that state to just two poin. romney will spend his entiry paul is showing romney has cut the lead in that state to two points. romney will spend his entire day in the state of virginia and the president will hit wisconsin, colorado and way out here in nevada. >> california voters are still on the fence about the governor's tax height proposal. >> ann in san francisco with how prop 30 campaign is drumming up support before the election. joins us with more. >> just aa few days left. down market street right now campaigning at the commonwealth club. and we met teachers that were hitting the highway in favor of prop 30. the polls are close right now. really could go either way. >> when they hugged, we know they are going to vote yes. >> a new poll showed 51% of likely voters support prop 30 but then a new poll released this morning showed 48% support. i
to be the reality on election day for mitt romney to win. maybe without the storm, if romney had been able to drive some of the stories, i would mention i think this benghazi story got a little bit serious. there's new reporting, new documents have been found in that compound that don't look great for the administration, but it's kind of getting blotted out. the free media story is set and over. >> thank you for mentioning benghazi. it's nice to have that addressed at all these days. it really has been a sidelined story. i want to put up that final campaign calendar, if we can, and have you take a look. obama's in ohio four times in five days he's in wisconsin three times, colorado twice, romney's in virginia, wisconsin, ohio, colorado and new hampshire. what can you read, if anything, into these schedules? who's worried about which states? or who's, you know, ignoring other states? what do you make of it? >> well, you know, i did notice that president obama is only going down to florida one time, i believe. >> right. >> so, you know, that's striking. you know, the polling has, i think, generally b
that temporary truce and with just five-days left until the election, both teams are making that last minute push for undecided voters. >> this election will have huge consequence. >> reporter: romney set his sights on havev. the president won the state in 2008 but now the republican candidate hopes to turn it red again. >> the obama folks are chanting four more years, but our chant is this, five more days. five more days. >> reporter: the latest poll in virginia shows it's to close to call. obama leads 49-47%. with in the margin of error. >> hello wisconsin. >> reporter: the president started his three state swing in paul ryan's home state where he asked for more time to finish the job. >> as long as there is a single american who wants a job but can't find one our work isn't done. >> reporter: rounding out his day campaign stops in nevada and colorado. it combined 15elect, roal votes. the running mates also out in full force. four campaign events between the two. in iowa, the vice president accused the romney campaign of flip-flopping. > >> they are shameless. >> reporter: in colorado paul
to ohio, by five points. point-blank, gloria borger, five days left, is time running out for mitt romney? >> sure. there's five days left f. you look out those polls, while most of them are within the margin of error, he would like to have it flipped the other way. having said that, time's also running out for the president. look. this is a tight race. it's tighter than a lot of people ever expected. it's come down to those handful of states. and what it really comes down to is getting the voters to the polls, brooke. that's why there's an emphasis on early voting because you can bus your voters who you know vote for you and get them to vote early. but it's a matter of intensity and enthusiasm and, you know, when you talk to the romney people, they're complaining the polls based on the turnout of 2008 and not the same enthusiasm this time on the democratic side. you talk to the democrats and they say they've been adjusted so, you know, my head is exploding with all of their different analysnuaalyses of th polls an enthereand there's not of time left and they have to persuade the last ind
. convicted and was 50for 30- to priso years. kris van cleve reporting. five days until the election. today on the campaign trail, of trying toess win votes. obama beginning a after overseeing hurricane sandy response. mitt romney hitting virginia. let's skip the roundup from karen travers. >> full speed ahead today. getting back to business. after three days off the trail due to superstorm sandy, it's freeobama battlegrounds. mitt romney spends his entire in virginia, state that republicans are desperate to win. >> this is a critical place for us. five more days. >> the latest abc news poll shows a dead heat nationally. both sides claim to be winning in the battleground. president obama is a head its three poles in the most critical ones. president obama is working to shore up his midwest firewall. ohio, wisconsin, iowa will see a attention from him over the next five days. in virginia today. yesterday he spent all day in florida. both states he absolutely must order to get to the white house. neither side can say for sure the impact sandy has had on the race. past today's, was on the trai
a few days before the election, president obama is leading mitt romney in three battleground states, wisconsin, iowa and new hampshire. you can head to y nbc.com to reach john harwood's take on the poll and the race for the white house. sdwr joining us is a political reporter at the "washington post" following all of this very closely of course. sean, thanks for joining us. i want to start with this dynamic een obama and chris christie. what's the chris christie strategy here? because it seems to be taking some of the momentum away from his own party. >> yeah, this is really interesting. you have somebody in governor christie who has been an outson critic of president obama. but what we've heard the last three days is nothing but praise for the president and the pearl response to his needs in new jersey. so a little bit of a different tone there. but in times like these when you have natural disasters, you tend to see politicians put politics aside. that said, there's certainly a political up side for obama appearing alongside one of mitt romney's top surrogates yesterday. so sort o
. >> if the majority of retirees share this view on election day, romney may take florida, an important part of winning the election. >> in a minute, we will look at unemployment in europe. >> first, other stories making headlines around the world. >> tensions are high in the tunisian capital after clashes between police and salafist muslims left italy will people dead. >> russia has launched a rocket from the steppes of kazakhstan, headed for the international space station. the rocket is carrying a spacecraft loaded with supplies including hardware, fuel, and water. >> following the resignation of former german president christian wulff, opposition leaders are calling for new rules on the president's salary. they say presidents should no longer be entitled to full salary for the rest of their lives if they leave office prematurely. >> eurozone economies are still struggling to pick up steam, and numbers do not appear to be getting any better. unemployment across the bloc hit an all-time high in september. >> latest figures show the total number of jobless in the eurozone edged up to 11.6%, more than
. governor romney spending all day in virginia with a toned-down message after the storm. we get the latest now this morning from nbc's tracie potts in washington. >> reporter: president obama is back on the campaign trail today. new nbc polls show him ahead by six in iowa. but this week, he focused on new jersey. >> we are not going to tolerate red tape or bureaucracy. >> reporter: touring storm damage with republican rival governor chris christie. >> can't thank the president enough for his personal concern and compassion for our state. some folks will criticize me for complimenting him. i speak the truth. >> reporter: analysts say the president is picking up political points. >> the message that christie is sending voters is that obama is doing a good job. that he's somebody who can be trutsed. >> reporter: in florida, governor romney criticized the administration's record helping small business. >> sometimes regulators seem to look at businesses like they're the enemy. >> reporter: he never mentioned the president by name, but governor jeb bush did, claiming mr. obama is making excuses
, in a presidential election that ends in six days. mitt romney and that campaign today, that campaign that chris christie has been supporting, they made a somewhat remarkable decision to go ahead and keep campaigning, today, to get back on the campaign trail and start doing partisan campaign rallies again, even while the president was still suspending his own schedule, so he could respond to the storm. so what we saw today, in split screen, was president obama departing the white house en route to storm-ravaged new jersey, after he stopped in at fema headquarters, and at the same time, mitt romney in full-on campaign mode in tampa, florida. and then it was president obama touring coastal new jersey and comforting victims of hurricane sandy, while mitt romney was holding what he called a big victory rally outside miami. and while the romney campaign made sure to have their most telegenic staffers say on camera today that they were going to avoid any partisan commentary today out of respect for the storm victims, they said they were going to avoid any partisan attacks on president obama on this ve
a three-day pause to deal with hurricane sandy. mitt romney is hoping to ride post debate momentum in to the oval office. we start with chief political correspondent carl cameron with the governor in virginia. >> in a three rally swing across battleground state of virginia where he leads by half a point to real clear politics average of recent polls, romney resumed the post hurricane criticism of obama's presidency. >> we need change. for real change we have to take a different course. i will get the economy going from day one we are making changes. >> government reported consumer confidence is at the highest point since obama took office. romney if a new ad mocks the president for resurrecting a proposal on monday rejected by the congressional republicans earlier in year. for a new cabinet level secretary of business. romney slammed him on the stump for it, too. >> find something to suggest it will be better over the next fur years. we game up with an idea that he will create the department of business. i don't think adding a new chair in cabinet will help add millions of jobs on
. >> five more days until election day. romney was supposed to campaign in virginia sunday. he canceled the events ahead of sandy. president obama will campaign alongside president clinton and dave matthews. the president is back on the campaign trail today. he's on his way to wisconsin as we speak. he'll visit nevada and colorado today. the president took a three-daybreak from campaigning to oversee the government's response to hurricane sandy. part of the presentation will focus on the effort to provide relief of those affected by the massive storm. >> the death toll is climbing four days after sandy made land fall. the storm claimed 75 lives. more than 4.5 million homes and businesses were without power along the east coast. most in the new york area and that area around new york city. president obama saw the damage on the jersey shore. during the tour, the president pledged support along the long haul. >> sandy brought flooding and now it's causing gridlock. this is the long back up of cars trying to get into the city this morning. drivers had to go through a police check point and
, they are mostly dead even. romney spent his day in virginia, a tied state, telling a crowd in roanoke, that the president is clueless when it comes to business. >> and so we came up with an idea last week, which is he's going to create the department of business. ( laughter ) i don't think adding a new chair in his cabinet will help add millions of jobs on main street. we don't need a secretary of business to understand business; we need a president who understands business, and i do. that's why i will be able to get this economy going. >> woodruff: a charge his running mate paul ryan continued later in colorado. >> he's got a new idea for the >> you know, we already have a secretary of business. it's actually called the secretary of commerce. that's what this... that's what this agency does. >> woodruff: meanwhile, vice president joe biden spent the day in iowa, where he attacked ryan's budget plan. >> look, ryan saying that his budget doesn't cut-- it just slows-- is a little like romney standing in an unemployment line and saying to the unemployed guy, look, i want to make it clear
. >> mitt romney spent his day i wrote -- in roanoke. ending in virginia beach. showing just how important to virginia's to winning the war. >> their schedules are intense. >> you can see why. a policy poll shows president obama leading. with the margin of error and undecided voters, it is a statistical tie. >> we what is at stake in virginia. the team fighting to win the stage again. >> the president ended his campaign in virginia and kicks off this campaign. it is where he takes his wife for ballantine's -- valentine's. you have the city behind me. >> are you fired up? are you ready to go? >> the chant is the same. >> four more years! >> how do you accomplish that? aside from constant visits. we have had 20 since june. dance with the one who brought you, an age old adage. that is women, young voters, and minorities. >> i do not believe we can get far with leaders of that right off half addiction -- half the nation as a bunch of victims. i see hard-working virginians. >> the president has relied on women and with the first lady's help also holds a double-digit lead thanks to the commitmen
is happening in russia these days. romney will have history on his side heading into next week's election. the republicans have won every single presidential election on november 6th. going back to 1860's when abraham lincoln beat democrat stephendouglas. only five days to get that election in and see if the street continues. i don't see why they don't just call the election based on that historical imperative. new reports tonight that dnc chairman w. wasserman shultz got involved in dated altercation with the florida police officer. he asked her to stop blocking traffic. wasserman shultz was greeting voters outside a polling station in the city of at ventura earlier this week. the policeman asked her to move to the sidewalk, pretty please. she reportedly refused to argue with the officer and the city's mayor he showed up to just a few moments later, no comment yet from the congressman's office with the dnc but we thought we would mention it. the mainstream liberal media may be given the president of pass on the benghazi cover-up a late night host jay leno certainly is not. >> don't ask d
mitt romney and barack obama, final five day push for bring them to virginia. for romney, it was roanoke, the richmond area and virginia beach. the president returns to northern virginia to prince william county on saturday night. the factory floor of a window and door company in roanoke was one of three virginia stops for mitt romney, but none bring him to northern virginia this time around. romney took time to encourage donations to storm relief effort, the sharp criticism of his opponent was back as he mocked his proposal to have several agencies under a secretary of business. >> we don't need a secretary of business to understand business, we need a president who understands business, and i do. >> reporter: president obama tried to strike a balance. acknowledging how politics were briefly put aside this week. >> there are no democrats or republicans during a storm. they're just fellow americans. >> reporter: but the president also returned to his main charge that a romney presidency would hurt the middle class. >> we know what change looks like. and what the governor'
, romney couldn't afford to lose another day on the campaign trail, stopping in florida, a must-win state for hip. romney set aside his attacks and took a more subdued tone. the president gets back on track today with stops in wisconsin, nevada and colorado. >> romney will be close to roanoke this morning. 19 million people have voted so far. it appears there have been more early republican votes in colorado. john gonzales, abc 7 news. >> thanks so much, john. it is 4:37 now. we're looking at 45 degrees. >> we're hearing from the mother of anne local teenager who was killed while walking to school. what she is >> as we have shown you over the past few days, many local residents dealing with property damage from sandy. >> what is covered by insurance and what do you have to pay for? >> we introduce you to a man who took us inside his alexandria home to show us what was left of his bedroom. had he stayed in his home, he probably would have been crushed by the tree that crashed into his bedroom. >> it was devastating. i had no clue it was going to be this seve
through tough times. but let me tell you mitt romney from day one, job one will be to restore the american economy so people can purr shoe their dreams as they see fit by limited government and build capacity so people don't have to get in line and be dependent upon government. no one wants to do that. we want a society where the next generation has more opportunities than what we have. and the american dream is what this election is about. are we going to reverse the track we're on which is a false sense of economic security where we get in line and have the government solve our problems for us? inif that's ever worked american history. or are we going to restore american greatness the way we know it works best to create jobs in a strategic way with a guy as president that will work to build solutions rather than just talking about things? i was governor of this state for eight years and i had to work with a lot of democrats but i had to work with a lot of republicans as well because they were in the majority the whole time. imagine what it would be like to be a governor of a state where
, less than one week from election day mitt romney has been forced to suspend his campaign. that's why he's scrapped his victory rally in kettering, ohio, and instead appeared at a completely different, the same, spot with the same people and called it a storm relief rally. which is so comforting for all those living on ohio's hard-hit atlantic coast. mitt romney understands that disaster relief belongs only on the state level. >> every time you have an occasion to take something from the federal government and send it back to the states, that's the right direction. >> who better to respond to what's going on inside its own borders than the state whose infrastructure has just been swept out to sea? >> as we talked about earlier, it's the romney etch-a-sketch fema edition. >>> next, iowa congressman steve king. there's a piece of work. seems to be on a never ending campaign to outdo his own history of crazy comments. from the republican congressman who thinks president obama's birth certificate may have been telegramed to him from kenya, we have comments on federal aid for victims of sandy
hits richmond. he'll wrap up the day with a rally in virginia beach. romney was supposed to campaign in virginia on sunday but cancelled those events because of sandy. president obama will visit wisconsin, nevada, and colorado before ending the day in ohio. the president has not campaigned in three days, as he could joefr see the government's response to sandy. >>> you can expect more lines like this tonight in maryland, tomorrow as well. polling centers for early voting are open until 9:00 tonight. some voters say they waited for more than three hours yesterday to cast their ballots. early voting was postponed monday and tuesday because of sandy. governor martin o'malley extended voting through tomorrow and ordered polling centers to stay open three hours later. >>> in virginia, fairfax county is extending its in-person absentee voting hours. you can now vote from 8:00 in the morning until 8:00 at night. your last day to submit an in-person absentee ballot is saturday. voting centers will be open from 8:00 until 5:00. you can fandind a list at nbcwashington.com. >>> how president ob
. >>> very important. bill, thanks so much. just 120 hours to go before election day. governor romney continues on the stump while president obama campaigns in three states today. >>> also keeping an eye on recovering from sandy. >>> plus, tea party favorite and former presidential candidate michele bachmann is fighting for her political life. those details next. you're watching "early today." >> announcer: brought to you by the makers of centrum men and women. have you taken the most complete multi-vitamitoday? >>> well, the campaign clock is ticking down, and with just about 120 hours to go until election day, the polls show the candidates are still neck in neck. nbc's tracie pots has all the details for us from washington. tracie, good morning. >> reporter: lynn, good morning. the latest poll of the battleground states show a slight advantage for president obama, ahead by 6 in iowa, three in wisconsin, and just two, well within the margin of error in new hampshire. but this week he's really been focused on new jersey, touring the storm damage there with governor chris christie, a r
, this hurricane has got "election" all over it! out of sensitivity, less than one week from election day mitt romney has been forced to suspend his campaign! that's why he scrapped his victory rally in kettering, ohio and instead appeared at a completely different the same spot -- (laughter) -- with the same people and called it a storm relief rally. which is so comforting for all those living on ohio's hard-hit atlantic coast. (laughter) (applause) now, at the storm relief not-campaign event, mitt aired a biographical video that was part of the republican national convention and the press badges called it a victory rally. but he was clearly there for the canned goods. >> we're going to box these things up in just a minute and put them on some trucks and we're going to send them into uh uh -- i think it's new jersey. (audience reacts) >> stephen: boy, that really warms my uh -- uh -- i think it's my heart? (applause) and, folks, it's not -- one of those organs. just one of them. folks, it's not just the hurricane that's hurting romney here. he has to deal with another threat that can be seen
day is fast approaching and the polls show that the presidential race is as tight as ever. mitt romney spending his day in a battleground state. >> and president obama is back on the trail after dealing with super storm sandy. danielle noddingham reports from the white house. air force one drops president obama at his first stop, green bay. >> hello, wisconsin. >> reporter: after three days off the campaign trail, the president wasted no time confronting mitt romney's twists on bringing change to washington. >> he's saying that is the big change. well let me tell you, wisconsin, we know what change looks like. what the governor is offering, sure ain't change. >> reporter: he easily won wisconsin. this year the race is much tighter. it is now an all-out sprint to election day. they concentrated on virginia on thursday. toning down the speeches after sandy hit. but he was on the attack again at a rally in the suburbs. this is an election where, you know, i think that we're not going to just shape the country for four years, but for a generation. >> reporter: romney returned to another cr
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